Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Horizon Christian's soccer team picked its biggest stage of the season to play a complete game. The result was a 2-1 win Friday against Crosshill Christian in the third-place match of the District 5-1A championships.
The come-from-behind win on the turf surface of Hillsboro Stadium took away some of the sting the Hawks felt after losing in the semifinals Oct. 29, when they let a first-half lead slip away.
It was Horizon (9-4-1) which mounted the comeback Friday. Crosshill took the lead 13 minutes into the second half, when goalie Tim Johnson couldn't corral a corner kick and the Eagles scored after a brief scramble in front of the goal. Horizon didn't panic, though Johnson had to make a save and watched another shot sail over the crossbar before his teammates could gather themselves completely.
"(Even though) they scored first, we kept moving forward; we kept putting pressure on them," Horizon coach Rick Whitaker said. "We played most of the second half on their end. I was proud of how we hung in there; we've been doing that all season."
With senior captain James Rovianek offering continual encouragement, the Hawks pressed forward on offense. Aman Mann tied the match with 16:28 remaining, when he scored off a Mason Bloomster centering pass that was deflected, but not cleared by the Crosshill defense. Four and a half minutes later, Mann dribbled through multiple defenders on the right side and slid home the game winner from about 10 yards out.
Mann was voted the district player of the year by coaches. Grant Lynn, Raquel Bruggeman and McKenna Roberts were second-team all-league picks. Whitaker was selected league coach of the year.
Life Christian defeated City Christian, 2-1, in Friday's district championship game.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge